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The best Sydney cafés and restaurants to eat at over the Easter long weekend

A four-day weekend means a lot of opportunities for coffee, brunch adventures, drinks, and some damn fine dinners. Here's where to get 'em

Written by
Maxim Boon
&
Divya Venkataraman
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For some, Easter is all about chocolate and bunnies. For others, it's just four days off in a row where you inexplicably can't visit a bottle shop on a Friday. But wherever you fall on that spectrum, one thing is certain: you cannot survive on choccies alone. To make sure you make it to Tuesday, we've gathered up a helpful list of the best cafés and restaurants open over the long weekend.

After more to do over the Easter break? Check out our guide to Easter in Sydney. Want more sweet treats? Check out our guide to Sydney's best ice cream and gelato.

Need some long weekend inspo? Here's 50 things to do in Sydney before you die.

The best cafés

Bourke Street Bakery
Photograph: Anna Kucera

Bourke Street Bakery

The OG store in Surry Hills still draws crowds on weekends, but you can get BSB’s ginger brûlée tarts, sausage rolls and take-home loaves all around Sydney.

Surry Hills, Marrickville and Alexandria
Good Friday - Easter Monday: 7am-4pm 

Parramatta
Good Friday - Easter Monday: 8am-2pm

Potts Point and Barangaroo
Good Friday - Easter Monday: 8am-2pm

  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Enmore
  • price 1 of 4

Patissier and owner Andy Bowdy makes a mean hot cross bun, but even if you’re not looking for festive treats, Saga in Enmore is a great coffee pitstop or lunch spot.

Good Friday - Easter Sunday: 9am-4pm
Easter Monday: closed

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  • Restaurants
  • Woolloomooloo

Pop into the takeaway section of this Woolloomoolloo bakery (just down the road from the original) for sweet treats galore: the lemon drizzle cake is renowned city-wide, or try a lamington if you’re in the mood for something fluffier. 

Good Friday: closed
Easter Saturday: 8am-4pm
Easter Sunday to Easter Monday: closed

Brown Sugar
  • Restaurants
  • Bondi Beach
  • price 1 of 4

A visit to this Bondi cafe, known for its formidable brunch platters loaded up with tabouli, hash, zhoug, za’tar and eggs might not leave you any room for the chocolatey Easter kind.  Just know you were warned.

Good Friday: noon-10.30pm
Easter Saturday: 8.30am-2.30pm and 6-11pm
Easter Sunday: 8.30am-2.30pm
Easter Monday: closed

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Will's
Photograph: Supplied/Steven Woodburn

Will's

Finish your long weekend walk or ocean swim and stop in for a beachside coffee at Will's in the recently refurbed Coogee Pavilion complex. 

Good Friday, Easter Sunday: noon-5pm
Easter Saturday: noon-10pm
Easter Monday: closed

  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Parramatta
  • price 2 of 4

This narrow Parramatta joint has been kicking for a full decade, and it’s got a lot of local love to show for it. Grab fresh, Middle-Eastern inspired plates and excellent in-house coffee blends. 

Good Friday: 7.30am-2.30pm
Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday: 8.30am-2.30pm
Easter Monday: 7am-2.30pm

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  • Restaurants

This South Coast import is doing easy, breezy vegetarian cafe fare in Bronte. Swing by for green juices, salads and sandwiches. 

Good Friday, Easter Saturday: 7am-late
Easter Sunday: 7am-5pm
Easter Monday: 7am-3pm

  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Ashfield
  • price 2 of 4

This Ashfield cafe specialises in inventive, Japanese-Australian brunch fare. Looking for a long weekend treat? Beeline for the match pancakes. Make sure to grab a jar of the miso they infuse into so many of their dishes on your way out. 

Good Friday to Easter Monday: 8am-4pm

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  • Bars
  • Pubs
  • Barangaroo

So this Barangaroo rooftop isn’t strictly a cafe, but it’s doing brunch all weekend – so it passes the test in our books. Get a full-on brunch feast for $89pp on Friday or Saturday. 

Good Friday: noon-midnight
Easter Saturday: 11am-midnight
Easter Sunday: 11am-7pm
Easter Monday: noon-10pm

The best restaurants

  • Restaurants
  • Australian
  • The Rocks
  • price 4 of 4

Make it an Easter weekend to remember by splurging on a decadent feed at Peter Gilmore’s legendary fine diner on Circular Quay. 

Good Friday: dinner service only
Easter Saturday: lunch and dinner service
Easter Sunday: lunch and dinner service
East Monday: closed

  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Haymarket
  • price 2 of 4

At Golden Century’s precocious little brother, you can still order a plate of its signature pippies in XO sauce, as well as one of the best hot and sour soups in the city. 10 per cent surcharge applies.

Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday: 12-3pm and 5pm-late
Easter Monday: closed

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  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Bondi Beach
  • price 2 of 4

CicciaBella is Maurice Terzini and the Icebergs family's answer to light, fresh eating – Italian-style. You can get your hands on these sharing, snackable plates at Bondi or Parramatta this long weekend. 

Bondi
Easter Friday: 5-10pm
Easter Saturday: noon-midnight
Easter Sunday: noon-10pm
Easter Monday: 5-10pm 

Parramatta
Easter Friday: 5-10pm
Easter Saturday: noon-midnight
Easter Sunday: noon-10pm

  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Mosman
  • price 2 of 4

With bougie views of Middle Harbour and Sailors Bay and a seafood-centric menu to die for, this swish yet relaxed Italian eatery is a perfect lunch or dinner spot. 15 per cent surcharge. 

Good Friday and Easter Saturday: lunch and dinner service
Easter Sunday: all-day dining from 11.30am
Easter Monday: closed

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  • Restaurants
  • Malaysian
  • Haymarket

The wildly popular Malaysian grillhouse on the fringes of Chinatown will transport you to the night markets of Penang with a menu that heroes street eats with an elevated flourish. 15 per cent surcharge applies.

Good Friday – Easter Monday: 11am-10pm

Surry Hills original Butter does hip sneakers, crisp fried chicken, Champagne, stuffed doughnuts in ultra-cool digs. Its three Sydney locations are open over the weekend.

Surry Hills, Chatswood and Parramatta
Good Friday: closed
Easter Saturday: 11.30am-11.30pm
Easter Monday: 11.30am-10.30pm
Easter monday: closed

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  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Redfern

Named after Thor’s mighty hammer, Redfern’s very own ‘Viking carvery’ delivers a hearty feed that Asgard would be proud of. 15 per cent surcharge applies.

Good Friday: 5-10pm
Easter Saturday: 5pm-midnight
Easter Sunday: 5-10pm
Easter Monday: closed

  • Restaurants
  • Surry Hills
  • price 2 of 4

Since this Napolitan fried pizza parlour opened in early 2020, it’s quickly become one of Surry Hills’ most popular fast-casual diners. Pro tip: opt for an outside table for some excellent people-watching action along Crown Street.

Good Friday and Easter Saturday: noon-10pm
Easter Sunday and Easter Monday: closed

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  • Restaurants
  • Potts Point

You’ll find Israeli street food with a metropolitan twist in this converted terrace house in the suburban streets of Kings Cross. 10 per cent surcharge applies.

Good Friday: 5.30-10pm
Easter Saturday: 12-3pm and 5.30-11pm
Easter Sunday: 12pm-3pm and 5.30-10pm
Easter Monday: closed

What else is going on over Easter

  • Things to do
  • Exhibitions

Discover the best ways to spend your long weekend, from large-scale events like Sydney Royal Easter Show to Easter egg hunts in the park. If you want to get away, we've got some ideas for that too. Plus, where to buy booze on Good Friday and where to get the tastiest hot cross buns. 

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